In the last week, Quinton Jackson has been linked to a bout with Glover Teixeira and coaches have been attached to the upcoming season of TUF. While both stories may have been music to the ears of many, UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar was not among the group after actively lobbying for a bout with “Rampage” or spot opposite Forrest Griffin on the Ultimate Fighter 16.
In fact, Bonnar was so disappointed by the developments he has since come forward to announce he may be retiring rather opting to chug along on the cusp of contendership without receiving a significant scrap despite his fan-friendly personality or consecutive wins.
“I’ve been doing this eleven years and I’ve been through the ringer. So, I promised myself, I put a nice streak together, and I said if I won my last fight I’m gonna go back in there with someone with a lot of Twitter followers,” explained Bonnar of his mindset during the post-event coverage for UFC on Fuel 4. “So I said, ‘Hey, you know, if I can’t get that big, marquee fight, it’s God’s way of telling me to go do something else for awhile.’ Enlightenment is the quiet acceptance of what is.”
When pressed for an answer on whether or not he’d made up his mind, Bonnar remained elusive though his feelings on the matter were clear.
“Put it this way – I have no interest in fighting the next big thing before the whole world realizes the talent of the guy. I’ve done that much in my career and I’m near the end of it,” stated the famous Ultimate Fighter finalist.
The 14-7 Bonnar has emerged with his hand raised in three straight outings but hasn’t fought in 2012.
Check out Bonnar’s full take in the video below with things starting up at the 5:30 mark (preceded by UFC President Dana White breaking down last night’s co-headlining clashes):
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